Stepping out for research

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ALZHEIMER’S Research UK is challenging people in Cambridgeshire to step out for their Big Walk to raise £10,000 for dementia research.

This money will pay for 500 hours of pioneering research to find ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia.

The ten mile Big Walk on May 22 starts and finishes in Great Shelford, home to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Tim Ross from Wisbech, a supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“I’ll be encouraging everyone I know to join in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Big Walk. It’s a great way to keep fit and have fun while raising much needed money for dementia research.

“My dad Ronald was 73 when he died with Alzheimer’s. He was my hero, a gentle and kind man who taught me so much. As a doctor he devoted his life to helping other people, then this cruel disease crept on soon after he retired.

“It was heartbreaking watching him become more and more confused and lose his abilities. I would dearly love to see a cure so that other people don’t have to suffer and this can only come from research.”

Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Our Big Walk is a first for Alzheimer’s Research UK and we plan to make it a regular event.

“Dementia research is desperately underfunded and we need as many people as possible to take part to help us achieve our goal of raising £10,000. We don’t receive any government funding and rely entirely on our wonderful supporters - every step taken and every penny raised will help us defeat dementia.

“There are over 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire living with dementia today and over 820,000 across the UK, with numbers forecast to rise substantially in the next generation.”

To take up the challenge contact 01223-843899 or email bigwalk@alzheimersresearchuk.org. Entry is £15 for adults and £7.50 for under 18s.